Go Faster Stripe
|Industry||Film, Publishing, distribution|
|Headquarters||Cardiff, United Kingdom|
|Key people||Chris Evans|
Go Faster Stripe is an independent film production and distribution company that operates out of the Chapter Arts Centre, in Cardiff, Wales. The company specialises in the recording of live shows by stand-up comedians who, while in the public eye, may not normally be able to get a DVD released through a major label, or who want to avoid forms of censorship that they feel may come with mainstream releases.
Initially a baby clothes retailer, the company used its internet presence to diversify into comedy releases in 2005. Go Faster Stripe are closely associated with Stewart Lee and Richard Herring, who first became famous as the Lee and Herring double act in the 1990s, and whose work they have often published. In addition to Herring and Lee, the company has produced media for acts such as Simon Munnery, Lucy Porter and Robin Ince,
When comedy fan Chris Evans  wished to purchase a DVD of comedian Stewart Lee's (co-writer of Jerry Springer: The Opera) latest live show (90s Comedian) he learned there would not be one: the comic's previous release (Stewart Lee - Stand Up Comedian, released by 2 Entertain) had sold insufficient copies for a major label to consider a future release profitable. Furthermore, the comedy website Chortle claimed that the show's controversial content dissuaded major distribution companies because of fear of retribution from the fundamentalist Christian movement. However, Evans felt that the critically acclaimed show should be recorded. He used the name of his existing clothes retail company, Go Faster Stripe, to produce a CD of the show. The CD sold well enough to generate a profit, and Evans quickly shifted the business towards comedy material. Initially specialising in the work of Lee and Herring, Go Faster Stripe has since diversified into a broader range of comedians.
Censorship and Policy
Go Faster Stripe claim to only release material by comedians whose work they enjoy. Recently, this has involved returning to previously unreleased work, such as Lee and Herring's television show Fist of Fun. So far around 50% of the comedians that have been approached by Go Faster Stripe have had their work recorded. The company does not ask artists to change their show, and does not censor material. For example, in Richard Herring's ménage à un, he talks explicitly about being masturbated via the hole in the hand of Jesus Christ, which Herring claims most likely have been edited for a mainstream DVD release. In an interview with Australian comedy listings guide The Groggy Squirrel, Richard Herring said of Go Faster Stripe:
Go Faster don't tell us what we can or can't say and are happy to give faithful representations of the material.
|Stewart Lee||90s Comedian||DVD||GFS-1|
|Richard Herring||The Twelve Tasks of Hercules Terrace||DVD||GFS-2|
|Richard Herring||Someone Likes Yoghurt||DVD||GFS-3|
|Stewart Lee||Pea Green Boat||CD & Vinyl||GFS-4|
|Richard Herring||Ménage à Un||DVD||GFS-7|
|Lucy Porter||The Good Life||DVD||GFS-8|
|Wil Hodgson||Skinheads, Readers' Wives and My Little Ponies||DVD||GFS-10|
|Tony Law||An Hour and Some of some Tony Law||DVD||GFS-13|
|Robin Ince||Is as Dumb as You||DVD||GFS-6|
|Richard Herring||Bye Bye Balham||Book||GFS-14|
|Richard Herring||Oh Fuck, I'm 40!||DVD||GFS-12|
|Stewart Lee||What Would Judas Do?||CD||GFS-16|
|Andrew Collins||Where Did It All Go Right?||CD||GFS-15|
|John Hegley & Tony Curtis||John Hegley & Tony Curtis||DVD||GFS-11|
|Robin Ince & Friends||Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People||DVD||GFS-18|
|Richard Herring||The Headmaster's Son||DVD||GFS-19|
|Collings and Herrin||The Best of Earth, Wind and Fire (and Water)||CD||GFS-20|
|Richard Herring||As It Occurs To Me - Secret Standup||DVD||GFS-24|
|Richard Herring||Hitler Moustache||DVD||GFS-21|
|Collings and Herrin||War and Peace, Crime and Punishment||DVD||GFS-25|
|John Shuttleworth||The Minor Tour||DVD||GFS-17|
|Craig Campbell||Death of a Badger||DVD||GFS-22|
|Kevin Eldon||Is Titting About||DVD||GFS-27|
|Andrew Collins||Secret Dancing||DVD||GFS-26|
|Kevin Eldon & Simon Munnery||Mr Bartlett and Mr Willis||CD||GFS-32|
|Baba Brinkman||The Rap Guide to Human Nature||DVD||GFS-29|
|Richard Herring||AIOTM - The Complete Cumpkin||DVD||GFS-37|
|Wil Hodgson||Hatful of Hodgson||DVD||GFS-30|
|Simon Donald||Comic to Comic||DVD||GFS-38|
|Stewart Lee||The Jazz Cellar Tape||CD||GFS-31|
|Richard Herring||Christ on a Bike||DVD||GFS-35|
|Lee and Herring||Fist of Fun - Series 1||DVD||GFS-40|
|Robin Ince & Friends||Ten Lessons and Carols for Godless People||CD||GFS-33|
|Norman Lovett||Outside The Box||DVD||GFS-39|
|Tony Law||Go! Mr Tony Go!||Download||GFS-43|
|Robert Wringham||You Are Nothing||Book||GFS-42|
|Richard Herring||Talking Cock||Book||COCK-1|
|Richard Herring||What Is Love, Anyway?||DVD||GFS-44|
|Arnold Brown||Jokes I Have Known||DVD||GFS-41|
|Lee and Herring||Fist of Fun - Series 2||DVD||GFS-45|
|Robin Ince & Friends||More Nine Lessons and Carols For Godless People||DVD||GFS-46|
|Richard Herring||The Box Lady and Other Pesticles||Book||GFS-47|
|Robin Ince||Happiness Through Science||DVD||GFS-48|
|Lee and Herring||Fist of Fun series 1 and 2||DVD||GFS-49|
|Boothby Graffoe||The Boothby Graffoe Mish-Mash||DVD||GFS-43|
|Simon Munnery||Fylm Makker||DVD||GFS-50|
|Richard Herring||Talking Cock||DVD||GFS-52|
- "Go Faster Stripe". The Groggy Squirrel. March 6, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
- Lee, Stewart (2011). How I Escaped My Certain Fate. Faber and Faber. p. 214. ISBN 978-0-571-25481-1.
- "Go Faster Stripe". The Sprout. September 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-18.[dead link]
- "Go Faster Stripe are very good indeed". Noise to Signal. November 23, 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
- "Stewart Lee". NOTBBC. April 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
- "Laughs through a lens". Chortle. December 12, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
- "Comic release: New DVDs from cult comedians". Chortle. March 21, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
- "Go Faster Stripe - About Us". Go Faster Stripe. 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-05.
- "Spring news". Richard Herring. Retrieved 2009-06-25.